We’re live-tweeting the British Academy Games Awards 2013 from 9pm GMT. Join us on Twitter and Facebook for our insubstantial coverage of this most prestigious video games awards show.
From nine o’clock tonight, we’re hunching over our laptops and peering at our smartphones in an effort to render the British Academy Games Awards into a series of pithy observations that can digested via Twitter and Facebook. This practice, if you aren’t aware, is known as live-tweeting, and we engage in it frequently like the ridiculous creatures of habit that we are.
But what is the British Academy Games Awards, you relay to us telepathically? And should I be using the singular “is” or plural “are” in that mentally-transmitted question? And should I be saying “Games Awards” or “Game Awards,” without an “s” after “Game”? And should that be “an ‘s’” or “a ‘s’”? And why wasn’t The Dark Knight Rises nominated for anything at the Oscars last week?
I wanted to see it honoured. Not just The Dark Knight Rises, actually, but the preceding duo of Batman movies by Christopher Nolan, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. They weren’t, though; they were ignored. Seth MacFarlane, with his goofy white teeth and his goofy sexist views, didn’t acknowledge The Dark Knight Rises as the concluding segment of an influential, groundbreaking film trilogy. He kept blabbing on about Skyfall instead. Don’t he and the Academy realise that Skyfall owes itself to The Dark Knight, that James Bond owes himself to Batman? Sam Mendes, the director, has even said so. And the plot of Skyfall strangely mirrors the plot of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, with both protagonists disappearing and then reappearing as flaking shells of their former selves and having to endure an intense period of rehabilitation, physical and psychological, before they can confront their foes.
That has nothing to do with the British Academy Games Awards.
Well, you haven’t explained the British Academy Games Awards to me.
It’s an awards show for video games. A British one.
A British awards show for video games. British video games?
From around the world. Like, uh, the new Tomb Raider, for instance. Though that hasn’t been nominated, of course. That only appeared in shops today. But instead of telepathically discussing Batman, you could have telepathically discussed Tomb Raider. You could have telepathically discussed the continuing sexism of the franchise. Have you seen how needlessly tight Lara Croft’s shirt is here?
Nah, because the new Tomb Raider has its origins in Christopher Nolan’s Batman, as well. Like Batman Begins, it’s a grittier, darker adaptation of established material. And besides, I already said something about sexism.
Ah, right. You did. MacFarlane.
So, anyway, are you going to join us from 9pm GMT on Twitter and Facebook for our live-tweet of the British Academy Games Awards?
Probably. I might. I don’t know.
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